US President Donald Trump (L) shakes hands with US Attorney General William Barr (R) during the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor presentation ceremony at the White House in Washington, DC on May 22, 2019.
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President Donald Trump’s spokeswoman refused to say Wednesday whether Trump still has faith in Attorney General William Barr, a day after Barr said there was no significant evidence to support the president’s claim of widespread election fraud.
Barr’s comment about the lack of such evidence during an interview with the Associated Press on Tuesday badly undercut allegations by Trump and his campaign legal team that the president has been swindled out of re-election by ballot fraud.
The interview sparked immediate speculation that Trump would fire Barr, who until Tuesday was seen as a staunchly loyal supporter of the president.
During a press conference Wednesday, a reporter asked White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, “Does [Trump] still have faith in Attorney General Bill Barr? Does he still have confidence in Bill Barr?”
McEnany replied, “If we have any personnel announcements, I’ll let you know.”
When she was asked if Trump has spoken to Barr since his interview with the AP, McEnany said, “I’m not aware if they’ve spoken.”
“I know the attorney general was here yesterday for a pre-planned meeting with the chief of staff [Mark Meadows] and they discussed an array of issues but i’m not aware if the president has spoken to him directly,” McEnany said.
Trump has alleged, without evidence, that he won the presidential election over Joe Biden, and that he was the victim of massive ballot fraud that benefited the former Democratic vice president.
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